We have been continuing research and development towards creating an alternative accessible communication device using the Tap™ Wearable Keyboard over the past several months.
September marked the beginning of a new stage in this project when we partnered with UBC’s Code the Change Foundation to create an iOS/Android app that would allow the Tap™ device to be used as an assistive communication system with voice output for individuals with speech impairments.
Code the Change is a registered non-profit foundation that creates open-source technology and software solutions for other non-profit organizations to enhance programs and services for persons served. UBC’s chapter is lead by co-presidents Pritpal Chauhan and Viniel Kumar, with Victor Sira acting as team lead for this project.
The development team began exploring the technology in early October, with initial design decisions being made shortly afterwards. Development of the app itself began late October and will continue through fall and winter, with the intention of having a working prototype ready for testing in spring 2020.
In addition to this project, Code the Change is also working on another mobile application for Jobs West, which should wrap up later this year! Stay tuned for more on this.
We are extremely grateful to the entire Code the Change team who have volunteered their time and incredible skillsets to help create a unique communication system for individuals in need. We look forward to sharing more updates along the way!